The latest round of auditions are a double whammy in San Antonio and Long Beach. We start with a montage of stereotypically Texan activities. Cowboys, the Alamo, the obligatory “Everything’s bigger in Texas.”
Vincent Powell is the first contestant of the day and he’s been here before. His strategy is to dress like Randy Jackson. He gushes about Mariah Carey and is excited to meet her. Get in line. Vincent sings “Rock Me Baby” and I notice he has leather patches on his sleeves. I like that he’s making sure to protect his elbows from undue wear. Mimi likes him and he sings in what sounds to me like a very complicated style and everyone loves him.
Randy and he share a moment with neither acknowledging that Vincent looks exactly like Randy. Instead they go on and on about how Randy was drinking a Coke during Vincent’s performance when he was on Idol before. It’s super fascinating. Mariah and Randy are sitting next to each other, which bodes well for some catty whispering. Nicki Minaj looks like a photo negative of a scary Japanese curse. And all this is only the beginning of the episode! More »